Detox Tips

The average American has 116 synthetic compounds in their body according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. We’re exposed to toxins from various sources such as food additives and preservatives, dry cleaners, digestive distress, non-organic foods, our environment, poor quality supplements, pesticides, chemicals, xenoestrogens and so much more.

Toxins are stored in fat cells. All toxins brought into your body have to be processed by your liver. Toxic overload and a congested liver make it difficult to lose body fat.

Spring time is the ideal time for detoxification. If you want to change your body, feel better, and look your best ever, implement the following simple and easy detox tips into your life.

Detoxing = Inflammation  = Bodyfat

  • Consume an appropriate amount of filtered water daily. Your body is 85% water and physiologically water works as a catalyst to most functions within your body. Water is important for eliminating toxins from your body. Add the juice from a fresh lemon and/or lime.
  • Eliminate refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, soda, processed wheat, pasteurized dairy products, gluten, table salt, processed soy and hydrogenated trans fats. Most of these products cause stress to your body and create dysfunction, disease and stimulate fat storing hormones = added body weight.
  • Avoid all artificial sweeteners such as NutraSweet, Equal, Splenda and aspartame. Instead, use Stevia, an herb that will not elevate blood sugars and has zero calories.

Side effects from artificial sweeteners include:

  • Bloating and edema
  • Headaches
  • Rashes and hives
  • Cravings
  • Weight gain
  • Predispose you to Parkinson’s, MS and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Brain seizures
  • Cancer
  • Stay away from anything called a diet. Diets are a major stressor to your body that destroy your metabolism and create hormonal disruption, muscle loss, fat storage and added weight gain once you’re off the diet.  Eating healthy is a lifestyle for health, vitality, longevity and fat loss.
  • Opt for organic foods over commercially, non-organic foods that are full of antibiotics, pesticides, chemicals and xenoestrogens. Start with grass-fed, free-range animal protein and eggs.
  • Consume less alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption disrupts you blood sugar, your hormones and adds inches to your waist line.
  • Drink more organic green tea. Also, include detox teas such as Pau‘d Arco and dandelion tea.
  • Practice yoga or qigong, bounce on a rebounder, brisk walking, lift weight or any workout that cleanses the body of toxins. Rebounding on a mini trampoline is extremely beneficial for every cell and organ in your body. Bouncing a few minutes daily flushes the lymphatic system and boosts your immune system.
  • Eat small mini-meals every 3-4 hours. Always eat breakfast that includes an organic protein source and healthy fats. Individuals who consume a diet deficient in protein have trouble detoxifying environmental toxins/pollutants. Your brain chemistry is made from amino acids. Disrupted brain chemistry causes depression and anxiety versus feelings of calm, happiness and clear thinking. Include plenty of organically grown fresh fruits and more vegetables. Add variety. Consider fresh vegetable juicing.
  • Practice at least 2-5 minutes of deep, full diaphragmatic belly breathing daily. Deep breathing is the source of all energy in your body. It transforms your energy and releases endorphins that make us feel happy. Without sufficient oxygen, cells begin to die and energy cannot be sufficiently produced.

Benefits of Deep Breathing include: Toxin elimination, lower stress, increased energy, composed mind, improved mood, enhanced appearance and changes to your physiology on a cellular level.

  • Don’t eat after 8pm. The night is the time for your body to rest and detox, not digest your food. Eating before bedtime disrupts sleep, creates digestive distress and minimizes your production of growth hormone.
  • Quality sleep. Keep a regular sleep schedule, going to bed and waking around the same time. Optimally, asleep by 10pm, awake by 6am. Your body repairs physically and psychologically at night during sleep. This is a time for your body to balance hormones, repair tissues and regenerate. If you’re highly physical, more sleep may be needed.
  • Ditch the toxic cleaning products and switch to more natural products such as white vinegar and baking soda.
  • Detox your mind. Your thoughts are the most powerful way to maintain health and well-being and to heal your body. Turn off the news. Minimize time spent with energy vampires. Generate positive emotions and thoughts. This is key to detoxifying your mind. Practice affirmations daily. Write 5 things you are grateful for daily in your gratitude journal. Express gratitude every day. Be Authentic!
  •  Surround yourself with like-minded people. Form win-win relationships. Determine who is trustworthy and displays character traits of integrity, honesty and authenticity. Dissolve those relationships that no longer serve you in a positive light and enjoy relationships that nourish your soul and make you feel good.
  • Keep a food journal for one week. Research shows that people who journal what they eat tend to lose twice as many pounds and make healthier food choices.
  • Reward yourself. Allow yourself time to rest without feeling guilty. Give yourself a daily dose of sunshine (vitamin D). Indulge in a warm bath with Epsom salts and a relaxing essential oil such as lavender. Dry brush your skin prior to your shower. Schedule a massage or sauna. Listen to your gut (intuition) and give your body, mind and soul the support it needs.

Everyone can benefit from a detox!

 Here are some of the benefits you can expect:

  • Clean your digestive tract of accumulated waste and fermenting bacteria
  • Clear excess mucous and congestion from your body
  • Decrease pain, muscle aches and inflammation
  • Eliminate cravings
  • Enhance mental clarity (impossible under chemical overload)
  • Get rid of bloating
  • Healthier, younger looking skin
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Less dependence on sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol or drugs, including OTCs
  • Lower triglycerides
  • New ways of thinking
  • Normal, daily bowel movements
  • Reduce migraines and headaches
  • Say good-bye to digestive complaints
  • Shed unwanted weight
  • Turn unhealthy eating habits around. Your stomach will have a chance to reduce to normal size.
  • Feel better than you have felt in years!

Check out my 10 Day Detox Program formulated by Dr. Abbas Qutab, M.D.

Copyright © 2011 Paula Owens

Paula Owens, MS is the author of THE POWER OF 4 ~ Your Ultimate Guide Guaranteed to Change Your Body and Transform Your Life. She is a nutritionist, multi-certified fitness expert and weight loss coach with over 20 years of experience that helps clients throughout the country attain their highest level of health. Visit Paula at www.PaulaOwens.com

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PAULA OWENS

Your Ultimate Source for Health, Vitality, Longevity and Fat Loss

Website: www.PaulaOwens.com 

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